January 2020 College of Health Professions updates from Dean Zoher F. Kapasi.

Zoher F. Kapasi
January 06, 2020
Dean Zoher F. Kapasi in his office.

Dear CHP alumni and donors,

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, I would like to thank each of you for your commitment and dedication to the college! It is my pleasure to share with you some exciting updates from CHP.

As you know, it is our vision to improve the health of populations by developing and inspiring health scientists and leaders. In support of that vision, we continue our search for a new faculty member to bolster our health services research expertise, and we continue to plan for growth in our current programs and the addition of new online/hybrid programs, which we hope to announce in the near future.

While I am excited about our progress towards addressing our strategic initiatives, it is not the only thing we have to celebrate at CHP.

  • Nancy Carson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, and Patty Coker-Bolt, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, were selected as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Occupational Therapy, a high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements, leadership, and dedication to interprofessional health care. Congratulations!
  • Cindy Dodds, PT, Ph.D., PCS, was awarded grant funding from the Rotary Club of Charleston to be used for adaptive equipment and supplies to implement a community-based physical activity opportunity for children with disabilities.
  • Michelle Woodbury, Ph.D., OTR/L, was nominated and recognized for her research and development as part of the “I am a MUSC Innovator” campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the many forms that innovation can take, to inspire others, and to publicly recognize individuals and teams.
  • Aiko Thompson, Ph.D., was awarded a research project (R01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) titled, “Characterization of Physiological Changes Induced Through Motor Evoked Potential Conditioning in People with Spinal Cord Injury.” The grant is $1.62M over five years. Congratulations, Dr. Thompson!
  • The Grantsmanship and Mentorship in Education Research (GAMER) grand writing workshop was held from Nov. 14 to 17. The goal of GAMER is to increase education research for physical therapy faculty members around the U.S. There were approximately 20 attendees, including nine mentees working intensely on grant proposals.
  • James Krause, Ph.D., associate dean for research, was awarded the 2019 Health Care Heroes Award in the Health Care Researcher category. Congratulations, Dr. Krause!

While we have many things to celebrate, I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Ruth Mann Patterson, CHP professor emeritus. During her time at MUSC, Dr. Patterson taught at both the College of Graduate Studies and CHP. She designed the research ethics course that was added to the Master of Science in Health Professions Education program. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that memorial gifts be sent to the MUSC Foundation for the Maralynne D. Mitcham Lectureship Fund.

I am so proud of what is being accomplished within our college, and it could not be done without your support!

Zoher F. Kapasi, Ph.D., PT, MBA
Dean and professor
College of Health Professions

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Zoher F.  Kapasi
Dean and professor
Ph.D., PT
College of Health Professions

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